Whitney Dicterow

Ep11 - Finding Authenticity with Top Chef winner Kristen Kish

Ep11 - Finding Authenticity with Top Chef winner Kristen Kish

I was seriously so excited when today’s guest agreed to be on the podcast. Kristen Kish is the second female chef to win the prestigious Top Chef competition (season 10), and has worked as the chef de cuisine in two of Barbara Lynch’s restaurants. Kristen recently wrote her first book, Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques, which combines recipes, cooking techniques, and kristen’s story woven throughout. Kristen was so down to earth, thoughtful, honest, and inspiring. We talked about: -Being adopted by a white family and growing up in Michigan -How she spent many years from adolescence to early adulthood trying to be someone she wasn’t -The role perfectionism played in her trying to be someone she wasn’t -Trying to numb herself from the pain of hiding who she really was -Her coming out experience with her family -Learning to be her authentic self -Using perfectionism to grow as a chef -How she got into cooking and how she found herself on Top Chef -Her unintentional coming out experience while on Top Chef -How she managed the anxiety and stress of Top Chef -Her experience of being in the public eye after Top Chef aired -Coming up with the concept for her new book -The power of kindness Kristen is such a genuine light in this world. She has such a good perspective on life and I absolutely loved her message about authenticity and kindness. Tune in to hear Kristen’s story and make sure to check out her book, Kristen Kish Cooking: Recipes and Techniques! xo

Duration: 39 min

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